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Sept. 6, 2017

CONTACT:    Dr. Lance Kieth, 806-651-2556, lkieth@wtamu.edu

COPY BY:     Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU’s Annual Ag Day Celebration Planned for Sept. 8-9

 

CANYON, Texas—Alumni and industry leaders from across the state will gather at West Texas A&M University Sept. 8-9 for the 17th annual Ag Day Celebration.

WTAMU’s Ag Day started in 1998 and has grown into one of the largest single-day fund-raising events in the Texas Panhandle. Last year’s event brought more than 350 people to the WTAMU campus to support the University’s Department of Agricultural Sciences.

“Each year I am amazed at the amount of effort our alumni pours into these events on behalf of our ag students,” Dr. Lance Kieth, head of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, said. “I am also in awe each year that this group can raise so much needed financial support in such a short time frame. The Panhandle and its people are the most giving people in the world, and we are blessed by them each year.”

This year’s event begins with a scholarship and awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall. Student scholarships will be awarded and special departmental awards will recognize individuals and groups for their achievements and support of the department.

Saturday’s activities will begin with an optional tour of the new Ag Complex. Representatives from the Department of Agricultural Sciences and Western Builders will lead two tours at 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Each tour will take 30-45 minutes, and the required hard hat, vest and safety glasses will be provided.

The ag celebration and reunion will follow at 11 a.m. at Nance Ranch. The event will include lunch with live and silent auctions. Last year’s auction raised more than $101,000 to benefit scholarships and departmental activities.

The 17th annual Ag Day Celebration will close out with a 3 p.m. tailgate at the WT Alumni Tailgate Deck at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium, followed by the Buffs vs. Colorado State-Pueblo football game.

For more information about Ag Day activities, please call Kieth at 806-651-2556.

—WTAMU—


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